Winter weather is commonly the cause of numerous accidents throughout the country due to dangerous driving conditions such as ice, snow, and fog. Besides the most common motor-vehicle accidents, such as those involving cars or trucks, an Illinois man was found dead on Monday night while traveling on another means of transportation: the snowmobile. Stltoday.com reports that the 31-year old died of injuries he sustained in a one-machine accident while out with a group of people on the Grand Mesa in Colorado. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital after the accident.
The amount of winter snowfall in Illinois barely compares to the amount of snowfall in Colorado, but snowmobile accidents still occur in many parts of the state. Chicagotribune.com recently released a report stating that two men suffered serious injuries after a snowmobile collision in southern Illinois a few weeks ago.
Our Illinois personal injury lawyers learned that the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) is actively involved in a worldwide campaign to encourage snowmobile safety and safety training programs. However, laws governing snowmobile are said to vary widely among different states, and few restrictions and regulations for operation creates a potentially high risk for accidents to occur.
ISMA states that speeding is a contributing factor to most fatal snowmobile accidents, in addition to alcohol consumption before or during travel. Another large hazard that could have influenced the above accidents is driving at night; most snowmobile accidents occur between 8pm and 3am.
To prevent snowmobile accidents in Illinois or anywhere throughout the country, our attorneys encourage drivers to always wear a helmet and appropriate winter clothing. Never travel alone and plan your route properly before travel. Be sure to maintain your snowmobile in top condition and remember to be aware of the abilities of the vehicle and your own abilities as well. Stay alert, don’t drive when fatigued, and remain attentive for yourself, your vehicle, and others around you.
Driving and operating snowmobiles is no easy task. When poor weather conditions, mechanical defects, or even driver negligence comes into play, there is a very high chance that you or someone you know may be seriously injured in a snowmobile accident. It is important to always be aware of the above information and do what you can to prevent an accident from occurring.
In the case that you have been injured in a snowmobile accident due a negligent motorist, please contact us to determine if you may be eligible for compensation.